KWS Family Newsletter

06 February 2019
Issue One
Message from the Principal
Message from the Deputy Principal 
Message from the Head of Prep School
Message from the Chaplain
Student Wellbeing
Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning
Message from the Director of Boarding
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
From the Indigenous Student Co-ordinator
Prep Assembly Awards
Senior School Performing Arts
Prep School Performing Arts
Information and Communication Technology
Senior School Sport News
Prep School Sport News
Career News
Upcoming Events
Important Notices
Kinross Wolaroi School
(02) 6392 0300
59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from
the Principal

Welcome back to the New Year

It has been fabulous to have our students back and the year has commenced with much energy and enthusiasm. Many staff have been on campus busily preparing for the year ahead over recent weeks but it is not until our students return that the School comes back to life.


We commence 2019 with a record student enrolment. For the first time we held an Orientation Day for all new families in the Senior School on the day before the commencement of Term which was very well received by our families. Thank you to Mrs Bylsma and Mrs McCalman who organised the occasion, and our staff and student leaders for ensuring the day was such a success.


The enthusiasm and positive energy of our student body was on ample display this week at the KWS Swimming Carnival. A fabulous day, fantastic levels of participation and wonderful support and encouragement of swimmers of all abilities. It is a day KWS does superbly and it is a first-class display of what school sport is all about – participation, challenge, friendship and enjoyment.


There was a great deal of activity over the summer break. Twenty-two staff travelled to Singapore to observe and examine teaching practices at the Australian International School and to learn about one of the world’s leading international schooling systems at the National Institute of Education. A highly rewarding, productive and generative exercise.


Mrs Cole and Mr Whitehead took a group of our Senior Students to Cambodia to see some of the wonderful work being done by Camkids, the charity which we support that provides education for many children.


Our rowers were very busily involved in Camps over much of January and a number of swimmers and Cricketers were also engaged in preparation and matches.

HSC Results

Our HSC results brought a great deal of joy to many of our students. Strong performances in English and Mathematics saw KWS jump 20 places in the HSC ‘league table’. 18% of the 2018 cohort achieved ATARs over 90 and 9 students attained an ATAR of 95 or above. Our Dux, Jemima McPhee was placed 5th in the state in Latin Extension achieving 49/50 and recorded our top ATAR with 99.75.


Exceptional Subjects

Two subjects had 100% of candidates with a Band 6 (includes E4):

  • English Extension 2 (State average 17%)
  • Latin Extension (State average 85%)

Seven subjects had 100% of candidates with a Band 5 or 6 (includes E3 and E4):

  • Ancient History (State average 36%)
  • English Extension 1 (State average 95%)
  • Latin Continuers (State average 87%)
  • Music 1 (State average 65%)
  • Music 2 (State average 91%)
  • Music Extension (State average 96%)
  • Textiles and Design (State average 46%)

Other Exceptional Subjects

  • Drama - 10 KWS students achieved a Band 5 or 6; 63% compared to the state average of 42%
  • Geography - 21 students achieved a Band 5 or 6; 70% compared to the state average of 43%
  • Industrial Technology - 14 students achieved a Band 5 or 6; 88% compared to the state average of 22%
  • Studies of Religion 1 - 8 students achieved a Band 5 or 6; 67% compared to the state average of 37%
  • Visual Arts - 9 students achieved a Band 5 or 6; 82% compared to the state average of 53%

HSC Practical Success

Three music students were nominated for inclusion in Encore (a presentation of outstanding performances and compositions by students from the HSC Music examinations).

Two Drama students  had their individual projects nominated for inclusion in OnSTAGE (a showcase of exemplary group and individual HSC Drama performances). Additionally, four Drama students had their group project nominated for OnSTAGE.

One student had her Textile and Design major project nominated for Texstyle (an exhibition of outstanding HSC Textiles and Design major projects).

13 Industrial Technology students were nominated for lnTech (an exhibition for outstanding major projects from HSC Industrial Technology students).

Welcome to new Staff

I am delighted that we have been able to attract a number of outstanding educators to join us at KWS.


Mr James Boyd – Deputy Principal

We warmly welcome James Boyd as the new Deputy Principal who replaces Mrs Bev West who retired at the end of last year.

James has had considerable success as a leader and teacher in a both single sex and co-educational schools in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is passionate about developing, leading and empowering excellence from staff and students, by creating and enabling a culture in which staff and students can flourish, and strive for and achieve personal bests. Most recently, James has been the Director of Boarding at Cranbrook School in Sydney where he has transformed the culture and quality of the boarding experience. His previous appointments have been as a Boarding Housemaster, Director of Rugby and History teacher at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh and teacher of History at St Edward’s School, Oxford and Eton College, Windsor. James holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History from the University of Durham and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Buckingham.

Mrs Jacqueline Shields – Head of Performing Arts

Mrs Jackie Shields has been appointed as the Head of Performing Arts. For the past 7 years Jacquie has built a wonderful reputation as Music Coordinator at James Sheahan Catholic High School where she has achieved outstanding academic results and levels of performance. Jackie has been a flute teacher and examiner for the Bachelor of Music and Honours performance candidates at the University of New England and taught at the Tamworth Conservatorium of Music.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, Diploma Education from University of New England, an L MusA (flute) AMEB and an AMusA(Flute) AMEB.


Ms Jennifer Divall – Manager of Marketing and Admissions

Ms Divall commenced in mid January and leads the team of as they work to support the marketing, admissions, community engagement, events and communication needs of the School.
Jennifer joins us from Waverley College in Sydney where she was the Marketing Manager and the Registrar prior to that. Prior to Waverley College, Jennifer had a long and successful career in advertising, communications, media management, fundraising and public relations. She brings a broad range of skills and experience to the role.


Mrs Kate Callaghan – Coordinator of Staff Development

Mrs Kate Callaghan was recently appointed to the position of Coordinator of Staff Development. Many of you will know Kate well through her role as Head of New House on the PLC Campus.

Kate has been acting as a mentor to teachers moving from Proficient to Experienced Teachers under the AIS model and has proved to be a strong ambassador for Kinross Wolaroi School. Kate will work closely with the Head of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Serena Lewis and brings a strong skill set to this role.


Mrs Kelly Cunningham – Head of Loader House

Mrs Kelly Cunningham assumes the role of Head of Loader House and will also be a member of the Social Science faculty.

Kelly comes to us from Epsom College (Malaysia) where she began as a Teacher of Business Studies and Senior Boarding Housemistress before being promoted to her most recent role as Deputy Head (Pastoral). Prior to her time in Malaysia, Kelly had considerable teaching and pastoral experience in the independent sector in the United Kingdom, most notably at The Grange School near Manchester where she taught Business Studies and Economics and was also Head of the Talented Program.


Mr Peter Finlay –Industrial Technology Teacher

Mr Peter Finlay joins our TAS department to teach Industrial Technology. For the past 4 years he has been Head of the TAS Department at Canobolas Rural Technology High School in Orange and prior to this spent 6 years teaching a full range of TAS subjects at St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill.
Peter brings a broad range of skills and experience to KWS and has achieved some very impressive HSC results in recent years. He is an experienced HSC Marker in Engineering studies and is a member of the CSSA HSC Engineering Studies Examinations Committee. Peter is also qualified to teach Agriculture and VET subjects. His educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (TAS) with majors in Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Agriculture.


Miss Stephanie Floyd – Mathematics Teacher

Miss Floyd joins us at Kinross Wolaroi School as a Mathematics Teacher. Stephanie comes to us from Waverley College where she has been teaching Stages 4 – 6 and Mathematics Extension 1 & 2. She has been the Convenor of Swimming at Waverley since 2015; was the Assistant Head of Senior Sport in 2017 and the Assistant Director of Co-Curricular in 2018. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)/Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education (Educational Psychology) both from the University of New South Wales.


Mrs Justina Holland - English Teacher

Mrs Justina Holland comes to us with extensive experience from Red Bend Catholic College in Forbes where she has been English Coordinator for a number of years. She has achieved outstanding results in English and has taught a broad range of subjects in the Humanities. One of Justine’s students topped the state in Modern History whilst she was teaching at Henry Lawson High School.

Justina has a Bachelor of Arts/Education from the University of NSW, majoring in both English and History. She has a keen interest in Drama, Public Speaking, Debating and Athletics and has been busily involved in these activities through school and community groups.


Mr Alex McLennan – LSL cover - Science Teacher

Mr Alex McLennan will join Kinross Wolaroi at the commencement of 2019 as a Science teacher while Ian Hatherly takes 12 months of Long Service Leave. Alex comes to KWS with extensive experience outside of the Education sector, in recent years has been teaching at Ryde Secondary College and Merrylands High School prior to that. Mr McLennan has a Bachelor of Medical Science from Sydney University; a Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University; and a Master of Teaching from Western Sydney University. Prior to teaching he worked as a Chiropractor and operated his own practice.


Mr Andrew Orme-Smith - Visual Arts Teacher

Mr Andrew Orme-Smith joins our Visual Arts faculty. Andrew comes to us from St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst where he has been teaching Visual Arts across Stages 4 – 6 since 2012. Prior to this Mr Orme-Smith developed a strong reputation as an innovative teacher at Shore in Sydney. Mr Orme-Smith is an accomplished artist and also runs a co-curricular Art Club from Millthorpe Blue Gallery.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University, and a Bachelor of Hospitality Management from University of Western Sydney.


Mr Nathan Short – Head of Weymouth House

Mr Nathan Short joins us to be Head of Weymouth House and PDHPE teacher.

Nathan has been the Wellbeing Coordinator (Year 8) and Teacher of PE at James Sheahan Catholic High School where he has taught for the last 10 years. Nathan’s boarding experience includes 12 months as a Residential Assistant at Clongowes Wood College in Ireland, 3 years as Residential Master at Stanislaus College, Bathurst and 3 years as Assistant Head of House in Tower House here at Kinross Wolaroi School; all of which have helped shape his view of what makes an outstanding boarding experience.

Nathan has forged a reputation as an outstanding pastoral leader at James Sheahan, and will bring strong values and culture to the Kinross Wolaroi boarding community.


Miss Wendy Slatyer – Social Science Teacher

Miss Wendy Slatyer will join the KWS as a Social Science teacher. Wendy has a Bachelor of Secondary Education & Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Wendy is known to some staff members as she undertook her University Teaching Practum with Year 9 Geography last year and Wendy was also engaged as a Residential Assistant at KWS on the PLC site. 


Miss Brooke Skinner – Ancient History / Latin Teacher

Miss Brooke Skinner has recently completed her Bachelor Arts/Bachelor of Secondary Education at Macquarie University. Brooke taught in a casual capacity at Baulkham Hills High School in 2018 and completed her Practicum at East Hills Girls Technology High School in 2017. During her degree studies, Brooke was an intern for the Australian Carsulae Archeological Project in Italy where she assisted with ceramic analysis and contributed research findings to the project’s database. Brooke also holds Music Performance (Grade 7 Guitar) qualifications from Trinity College in London. Brooke has an avid interest in soccer.

New Responsibilities in 2019

Ms Heidi Anthony – Director of Co-curricular

Heidi was recently announced as the Director of Co-curricular. Heidi came to KWS from Radford College in 2012, as a Music and Drama classroom teacher and has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the School since then. Heidi has fulfilled a number of roles during her time at KWS including Co-ordinator of Instrumental Music, and most recently the Head of Performing Arts. She has also undertaken a number of significant roles within the Co-curricular Performing Arts program, including Directing KWS Musicals, and leading a number of music ensembles.


Mr Simon Lun - Commanding Officer - Cadets 

Mr Simon Lun will take on the role of Commanding Officer of the KWS Cadet Unit in 2019 taking over from Lyn Vernon who retired at the end of last year. Simon has extensive experience with the Australian Army Cadets (AAC), initially when he was a Cadet and a Cadet Leader whilst a member of Normanhurst Boys High Cadet Unit (NBHSCU), then later as an Officer in the Cadet Corps at The King’s School, Parramatta.

Simon has been involved in the KWS Cadet Unit since 2008. His duties have included leading the Senior Leaders promotions course and the Dubbo watermanship camp at our Annual Camp. He performed in the role of Acting Commanding Officer of KWSCU in 2016 and has lead teams of staff and cadets through various camps, community activities and promotions training.


GAP Year Students

We also welcome three new GAP students. Amy Naidoo and Dylan Steenkamp from South Africa and Matthew Meiklejohn from Botswana.

I am sure you will join with me in extending a very warm welcome to our new staff as they form the very warm and supportive community of Kinross Wolaroi School.

Staff Resignation

Mr  Allen Grant has recently advised that he will resign from the staff of Kinross Wolaroi School at the end of Term 1, 2019. Allen is eager to undertake further study in the area of Data Analytics at the Australian National University in Canberra. He will be greatly missed by staff and students here, where he has earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher of Mathematics who genuinely cares for the welfare of his students. During his 8 years of faithful service, Allen has also been a keen contributor to the School Cadet Program, coached a variety of sports and has been a tutor in Gordon House. We wish Allen every success and happiness in his future endeavours.

The recruitment process to replace Mr Grant has commenced.


Congratulations to Jasper Mihalich who has been selected to tour the United Kingdom with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Jasper is a very talented musician who plays the Tuba. We wish him well on his 2 week tour that will take place in April. Congratulations, Jasper.


Congratulations also to Phoebe Litchfield, Yr 10 who played in the Woman’s Under 18 National Cricket Championships. She had a tremendous tournament scoring 348 runs at an average of 43.5 and a top score of 103. On the back of this performance, Phoebe has been selected in the Australian Woman’s Under 19 team to tour New Zealand in March. Congratulations Phoebe.


A fabulous result for our Rowers at the Canberra Grammar School Regatta last weekend where our crews competed against many of the ACT Schools and Clubs. 93 rowers competed in 39 events winning 15 Gold, 10 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. A great start to 2019!


Dr Andrew Parry

Message from
the Deputy Principal 

Term 1 | Week 2

It has been a very encouraging start to the term and I have enjoyed seeing our pupils and staff settling into the routines and rhythms of the working week. Last Thursday was a superb introduction into School life with the annual swimming carnival. The House spirit on display was palpable and the event struck the perfect balance between performance and participation. It has been wonderful to get out and about seeing our pupils in class and taking part in the diverse range of activities that are on offer here at School: I look forward to seeing more of this over the coming weeks.


As we start a new academic year there is always lots of talk about ‘goal setting’ and ‘targets’ to aim for: these might include what marks your child wants to aim for in their subjects, which sporting team they would like to get into and if they will look to audition for a play or musical group.  In Assembly last week I urged the pupils to focus on a key area before they embark on their goal setting over the coming days. The area of focus is ‘attitude’ and I used the words of Charles Swindoll who offers some wise words on adopting the right approach:


"The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes."


I emphasised to the boys and girls that when our attitude is right we can achieve maximum results. It is also clear that the right attitude can bring out the best in others: that is why we all need to interact with people who have positive attitudes as they will help us achieve our personal bests. I challenged our pupils to make a deliberate effort to work on their attitudes. Of course, there will be aspects of School that they may not like but I urged them to adopt a more positive approach and start to look for the good in everyone and everything that they come into contact with. I assured them that an amazing transformation takes place when you see the good in everyone and everything, even failure. If they start to look for the positive, then their attitude will reflect that. It is imperative that we don’t let a poor attitude be the reason why we stay in a mediocre state and why we never fulfil our potential.


I am looking forward to getting to meet you over the coming weeks and look forward to working in partnership to help your children achieve their personal bests.


With best wishes for the term ahead.


Mr James Boyd
Deputy Principal 

Message from the
Head of Prep School

Term 1 | Week 2

The first week of 2019 was full of enthusiasm and anticipation as the students, both new and returning, settled quickly into the routines of the Prep School.


One of the qualities of young students is their eagerness to meet new students.  Each new student is assigned a buddy but this quickly becomes buddies and the circle of friendship begins. Our Year 6’s are doing a terrific job in looking after the Kindergarten students who very soon will be ‘pushing them aside’ to be with their own classmates.  One of the attributes of KWS is the friendliness of the students and this is already in evidence again this year.


The beginning of Term sees a great deal of organisation as different opportunities are communicated to the students.  Already students have been asked to participate in the many performing arts ensembles, Lit quiz and the debating teams. If your child is a little over whelmed, please make sure they see the relevant staff member.  Sport also started this week with students involved in tennis, swimming, cricket, triathlon, basketball and AFL with their development officers running the programs.


There are many charitable activities at our school with a community focus. Some of these have been recently highlighted.


Late last year the SRC held a walk-a-thon where families donated non-perishable items for ‘Let’s Live Better’ the charity arm of IGA.  The 640 items were all bagged and delivered to those in need at a special Christmas luncheon.  The recipients were very grateful so thank you.


Ollie Garard (Year 4) also raised $7,500 for Randwick Children’s Hospital last year as part of a bike-a-thon challenge. Ollie was nominated for the recent Australia Day awards for local Junior Citizen of the Year.  Congratulations Ollie on the nomination.


Alice Scholte (Year 5) in company with her cousins Alanah and Ailish Seedsman, have again donated their earnings from busking in the Orange shopping area over Christmas.  The girls have contributed thousands of dollars over the years and are currently looking at ways they can assist those less fortunate.  This year the girls raised $700.  Congratulations Alice, Alanah and Ailish.


Lillian and Isabella Pearce (Year 6 2019) have recently had their ‘locks’ trimmed.  Rather than being swept away they have collected them and are sending their hair to the Princess Charlotte Foundation where the hair is made into wigs for young children who have lost their hair to cancer.  Congratulations Lillian and Isabella.


Year 5 2018 convened a wonderful Carnivale last year raising $900 through the various activities.  They contacted two outstanding art students from our Year 12 of 2018, Ailish Seedsman and Charlotte May, have created artworks to be presented to the Oncology Department of the Orange Health Clinic to provide a warm colourful environment.  A wonderful gesture!


Some terrific examples of community work. May it continue!


At Assembly we acknowledged the following students with Citizenship Awards:

  • Seamus Dwyer (6S)
  • Olivia Searle (6S)

Enjoy your week.


Mr Rob McLean

Head of the Preparatory School

Message from
the Chaplain


Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love (1 Cor 13:13).

For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).


We have to protect our spiritual heart just as we are encouraged to care for our physical heart. Protecting our heart means that we need to be mindful of what we allow to stay there. Some things bust their way into our hearts, like betrayal or deceit. These have to be spoken to gently but firmly and asked to leave or at least to take less space.


There are many things that want to take residence there but like any person who comes and knocks at our door, we need to discern; “Do I really want to invite that person in?” In popular culture, they say that vampires can only come into your house if they are invited and we know better than to ask them in. It’s the same with your heart.


Anger is like a vampire. So is apathy. They can take a hold of you, consume your goodness and your joy, trash your heart and leave you depleted. If these negative characteristics stay in your heart too long, they begin to steal into your thinking and show themselves through your attitude and behaviour.


Selfishness, greed, unkindness… they all work similarly. They seek out to good of your heart, play their games and make you into a person who is unpleasant, mean and plain bad company.


Lying, manipulation and ambition; vampires! Lust can also change the way we view people; it can manifest in our treating people as a means to our own gratification. It can reduce the humanity of the other by denying their innate value and rights.


We need to protect our hearts. The easiest way to protect the heart is with discipline. Tell yourself that you do not have to open your door to everything that wants to enter. Recognise things for what they are.


To protect our hearts, it is advisable to strengthen it with the good. Welcome in love, joy, peace and patience. Kindness is good. Let kindness permeate your heart and manifest in your actions. I suspect a lot of people undervalue the worth of kindness. Have you noticed? But some have it in abundance.


I met a guy who occasionally chooses to line up behind an elderly person at the check-out so he can pay for their groceries, and an eighty year-old woman who drives her neighbour’s kids to school because her neighbour is a single parent in a demanding job. I know a boy who busked on the street to help his friend pay a parking fine and a lady who puts water out for the magpies each morning. Kind people are about.


Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control need to be welcomed into our hearts. These qualities make life better.


In truth, they are the guests that God has sent to knock on our doors. They are the very qualities of God that allow us to reflect God’s qualities to the world and so make the world more as God intends.


Pastor Phil Worrad

Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing changes in the Senior School for 2019

2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year with lots of positive change happening in the Senior School, including in Wellbeing. In November last year I discussed some of the changes that would be occurring in 2019. The rationale behind the changes was a desire by the Wellbeing Team to provide better support for students as part of the new KWS Strategic Plan.


The changes for 2019 include the following:

  • A name change from Tutor Group to Wellbeing Time. 
  • Tutors will be known as Mentors. The term Mentors was decided on because it better indicates that a student’s Mentor Teacher not only provides academic support, but also emotional support for the students. A Mentor role is to guide their students across the whole range of experiences and opportunities that a student will experience at KWS.
  • Head Tutors will be known as Heads of House.
  • Time allocated for Wellbeing will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with four 35 minute Wellbeing sessions per cycle, one session may a be House Meeting, another session a Year Meeting and the other two sessions will be used for delivery of a structured Wellbeing Program. This format allows for horizontal and vertical touch points, depending on what the cohort of students requires.
  • Assembly/Chapel will be on a rotating lesson every Wednesday.
  • Wellbeing will be a structured subject, with a Wellbeing exercise book provided to each Mentor Group. Students will bring their Wellbeing book, diary and pen/pencils to every Wellbeing session.
  • Programs in the new Wellbeing Framework include units on:
    • Study/organisational skills
    • Resilience, rights and respectful relationships
    • Bullying - ‘ no way’
    • Digital citizenship
    • Service learning
    • Careers
    • Teenagers, alcohol and drugs (Paul Dillon).

From all of the Wellbeing Team, we are looking forward to 2019. Wellbeing is a collective responsibility, if we get Wellbeing right everything else gets easier.


Mrs Emma Bylsma 
Head of Student Wellbeing

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

2019 – A Year of Grit and Growth
Don’t rescue a child from challenge;
teach them how to deal with it.

What is the point of school? Seems like a silly question but actually it is a pertinent one because the point of school for today’s students is necessarily far more complex and all-encompassing than it ever was for us. The point of school has always been to prepare students physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, for the world beyond school. However, technology is such, that our world is changing exponentially. Nobody really knows what a world beyond school is going to look like for our current Junior students. Thus, the point of school is twofold. Not only is it to support and nurture the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and progress of students, according to set parameters which are measurable and defined, it is also to equip students with the skills, motivations, attitude and capacity to cope with an unpredictable future. It is to help build the confidence and resilience to prepare students to embark on careers that do not currently exist; to solve problems that we do not even know are problems yet.


What do Maths and English; French and Physics; Music and Latin; PDHPE and Technology all have in common? It is that achievement in all of these areas, irrespective of ‘talent’, ‘ability’, ‘inclination’ and ‘propensity’, requires ‘Grit’.


Grit is passion and perseverance for long term goals.  Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out. Not just for the week, not just for the month but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.[1]


Studies have found that the quality of Grit, is more important than talent, social intelligence and even IQ, in predicting long term success. Students who genuinely believe that their achievement is as a result of hard work and perseverance as opposed to ‘luck’ or fixed abilities, and therefore persevere and persist in the face of challenge, are significantly more likely to experience success than those who do not. In short, Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Consequently, the facilitation of a ‘Grit-Growth’ environment is an important focus for KWS. One of the most important aspects of developing ‘Grit’ is recognising that learning is an active process and that it often does not come easily – it must be ardently sought for. Sometimes the experience of learning is a struggle; there is no elevator to learning success. Students who demonstrate ‘Grit’, recognise that mistakes and failures are valuable learning opportunities and not reasons to give up. Whilst it is hard for us as parents, it is crucial that we do not rescue them from the possibility of failure but rather we teach them how to grow and learn from that failure.


Towards the end of last year, staff and students were engaged in developing memorable taglines and acrostics to act as constant visual reminders regarding the importance of ‘Grit’.

Knowing how we learn and how the brain works is really important in understanding that we do indeed have some significant control over our learning – it is not down to luck or fixed ability. Therefore, knowing how we learn helps us to develop ‘Grit’.  On Monday 11th February, Jared Cooney Horvath[2] will be presenting a workshop to Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 on exactly that. He will be presenting to staff on how best to facilitate learning and the Grit-Growth environment that is so fundamental to learning.  He will also be presenting at a Parent Series Lecture. Knowing exactly how a teenager’s brain works, why it works that way, and even more importantly, what we as parents can do to support and nurture that learning, will be gold dust. My daughter is in Year 12 this year and as both a teacher and a parent, I fully intend to take every advantage of Jared’s expertise, in learning how I can support my daughter to be a ‘Gritty’ and successful learner at school and beyond.


After all, a diamond was once a piece of coal that ‘did well’ under pressure – No grit, no pearl!


[1] Angela Duckworth 2008

[2] expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience, dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioural research to teachers, students, and parents.


Mrs Serena Lewis 

Head of Teaching and Learning


Message from the
Director of Boarding

Welcome back to our boarders

I would like to welcome back all our new and existing boarding students to the start of 2019! I trust that you had an enjoyable and restful break over the summer holidays!


I would like to personally thank all the parents and guardians who made the journey to join our Orientation Day last week; it was great to see all our new boarding students so excited and enthusiastic throughout the afternoon. To those parents and families that I had a chance to speak with over the day, thank you for taking the time to have a chat. It’s great to be able to put a face to a name so early in the year. For those of you that I didn’t get a chance to speak with, I will endeavour to catch up with you over the many school and boarding events that are planned for 2019.


The first few days and weeks back at school have been non-stop with new experiences for all; first lessons, music lessons, the healthy tribalism that is the annual swimming carnival. The activities and fun continued into the weekend with all our boarding houses out and about for our weekend activities. Over 200 boarders journeyed to the Bathurst Aqua Park for an action-packed afternoon on the inflatable obstacle course. Don’t forget to check out our KWS Boarding Instagram account (@kws_boarding) for regular photo and activity updates.


Each year here at Kinross Wolaroi we host a number of Regional Tour events where key members of our staff visit regional communities to meet and socialise with KWS boarding families, past, present and future. Our first stop in 2019 is Young, where we will be hosting a regional tour event on Friday the 22nd of February at Clifton House and Gardens. I would encourage all our boarding families from in and around Young to attend if possible. It will be an opportunity to meet our new Deputy Principal, Mr James Boyd, who has come to us from Cranbrook School where he was previously the Head of Boarding. Please feel free to extend this invitation to any family or friends that may be interested in finding out more about KWS. The event section of this newsletter carries more details.


The KWS Parents & Friends Association have started a project to create a cookbook that will reflect our Kinross Wolaroi community both past and present. It will be a hardback contemporary book that is not only a celebration of our community but also practical and usable no matter what type of cooks people are. With boarding being a key part of what makes KWS the school it is the P&F want to ensure our boarding community get involved despite the challenges of distance. A website has been created ( which contains all the information about the project and there are a few simple ways to be involved. Firstly (and perhaps most importantly) submit a recipe or recipes; whether it be a family favourite the kids always request before they go back to school, your tried and tested go to for catering for a crowd or what you cook when the cupboard is running low. Lastly, people can join the team to help with recipe testing or volunteer their editing or other book related skills. Any queries or questions can be sent to Alison at


Finally, I would encourage all our boarding students to grab the opportunities that emerge in 2019. As a boarder at Kinross Wolaroi you are blessed with a wide variety of activities and pursuits to choose from. A new year and a fresh start is the perfect time to embrace this. To all our boarding parents and guardians, I would encourage you, if possible to attend our boarding house dinners and school events held throughout the year.


I wish you all the best for a very happy and successful 2019.


Mr Matt Curran 
Director of Boarding

The Regional
Engagement Enterprise

Orange 2050

As part of The Regional Engagement Enterprise (TREE), at the end of last year, our Year 8 Students embarked on a 4 day cross-curricular and soft-skill-building learning opportunity – Orange 2050.

Working in their Tutor Groups, the students were tasked with presenting a Showcase of their vision for what Orange will look like in 2050. Questions for consideration included:

  • What will it be known for?
  • What will it look like in terms of population, business, leisure, recreation, residential?
  • Will it still be a tourist destination?

Of course, to really envisage what it might look like in 30 years’ time, our students had to research where we have come over the last 30 years. In particular, what had changed in and about Orange since 1988. The students had to engage in developing a range of really important skills – soft skills that will be very important in setting themselves up for their next 30 years!


They had to work as a team and delegate responsibilities according to individuals’ and groups’ skill-sets; they needed to engage in some critical and creative thinking in both the nature of their research and the way in which they decide to present their ideas; and they needed to organise their time and work their way through tasks sequentially and efficiently.


Tasks included (to name a few):

  • statistic projections
  • a timeline of the changes to date
  • a brochure advertising the region
  • a jingle, brand and advertisement for Orange
  • a scientific model demonstrating possible ways to improve water shortages

It was a real challenge for them, and their success relied on their perseverance and persistence – their ‘grit’ as a Tutor Group. What they produced was simply exceptional and too hard to capture in a newsletter. 


Blackman House were the deserved winners, selected by Dr Parry and Mrs West, earning themselves a party at the start of 2019!


Living Skills

Year 10 spent the last three days of Term 4 undertaking a Living Skills program. The hope of this program is to ensure that students enter their final years at KWS ready for the world ahead of them. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their broader skillset outside of the classroom and for others to develop skills hard to hone in a traditional curriculum offering.


Day One consisted of six rotations involving etiquette training, table setting and manners, instructions on appropriate dress, ironing, cooking and speech making


Day Two focussed on practical skills, with all 130 students out at the new school farm. The students undertook six rotations on car maintenance, changing a tyre, livestock movement, fencing, attending the scene of an accident and tying down a load.


Day Three involved a workshop from the Commonwealth Bank on budgeting, tax, credit and pay before the students headed out to a variety of destinations in Orange to undertake community service. These included a variety of charity shops, meals on wheels, several retirement villages, a community garden and the Uniting Church on Anson St. Once back at school, the students had the option of a final workshop on either exercise, mindfulness, investment, budgeting, buying your first car or planning a gap year.

Mr Tom Riley 
Director of TREE

From the Indigenous
Student Co-ordinator

Kakadu & Jabiru Cultural Immersion Program 2019

KWS has been given the unique opportunity to be part of a pilot program in partnership with Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) Kakadu, Jabiru Area School and The Outdoor Education Group (OEG) to participate in an 8-day Cultural Immersion and Community Engagement trip. KWS will be given access to private Mirrar land, in particular the stunning Brockman Plateau. Mirarr country is a breathtaking and spiritual place. Most Mirarr land is within the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park including the vibrant wetlands of the Jabiluka billabong country and the stunning sandstone escarpment of Djidbidjidbi (Mount Brockman).

The journey extends across the Brockman Plateau over 4 days and 3 nights guided by Indigenous Elders, Rangers and OEG staff. The Brockman Plateau is home to hundreds of Rock Art sites that are over 50 000 years old.

Other features of the program include Ubirr Rock Art Sunset and ‘appreciating spirit of the land’, welcome dinner by local community and Djidbidjidbi Residential College, East Alligator River cruise spotting the abundance of wildlife including endangered bird species and of course Crocodiles.

Duke of Edinburgh recognition

The Kakadu program will also assist in the completion of the Adventurous Journey (AJ) component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students that participate will be able to count the Kakadu program as their AJ at a Bronze and Silver level. At a Gold level the program would count for the Residential Project component of the Gold award. Mr Liam Callaghan will be able to help with any questions and planning regarding Duke of Edinburgh International Award.


Dates: Sunday 30 June – Sunday 7 July 2019

Cost: Approx. $2800- $3200

Students: The Tour is open to Year 10, 11 & 12 2019

Places are strictly limited to 12 students. Places will be held in order of deposits received.


For Further information please contact:

Tour Leader, Mr Anthony Begg on 02 6392 0429 or email

Duke of Edinburgh Award: Mr Liam Callaghan on 02 6392 0354 or email


A student Information session will be held Thursday 7 February during Lunch in Room 1. Expression of interest forms will be handed out at the meeting but can be emailed too.


Mr Anthony Begg
Indigenous Students Co-ordinator

Prep Assembly Awards

Merit Awards

3D:  Alexandra Whitehead, Ella Kerdic.

3W:  Chloe Caro.

5B:  Molly Mason, Daniel Lord.

6C:  Elijah Cunningham, Cameron Nash.


Courtesy Points

Lovely Manners:  Jamie Adams 6H, Lillian Pearce 6H.

Lovely Greetings:  Arden Rowe 1C, Pixie Harmer 3W,

Thinking of Others:  Bridget Horne 6C, William Ward 6C.

Excellent Behaviour:  Aurora Everett 3W.


Citizenship Points

Helpfulness:  Lily Dwyer 3D, Nicolette Saran 3D, Hannah Cunningham 3D, Spencer Williams 5B, All of 6H.

Initiative in the Classroom:  Jack Paix 6C, Mia Essex 6C.

Role Model:  Hunter Stacpoole 3W,

Being Kind:  Prayan Dulal 1C, Daniel Rourke 3D, George Nash 3W.


Senior School
Performing Arts

Key dates for Term 1

Camerata Competition – Friday 15 March 2019

Music Camp – Thursday 28 - Sunday 31 March  2019


Performing Arts Notices

If you haven’t yet signed up for music ensembles, please see Mrs Sinclair in the Prep school, or Mrs Choi in the administration office in the Music centre.


All Performing Arts ensembles will commence in Week 3 (rehearsal timetable attached below).


Musicianship (music theory) classes for grades 1-3 will be organised this week. Please contact Mrs Choi if you haven’t yet enrolled.


Stage Band meeting: This Friday 8th February at recess in Room 68. All secondary students who are interested in joining Stage Band this year must attend this important meeting.



Mrs Rebecca Choi
Performing Arts Administration

Prep School
Performing Arts

Dates to remember

Week 2 – Prep Ensemble tryouts & information sessions throughout week.

Week 3 – All ensembles and groups to recommence.


Welcome back to what I am sure will be another wonderfully creative year with our Prep Performing Arts program about to kick into action. 


This week, students will be busy signing and up and trying out for various ensembles. Please note that if your child is not moving groups (such as Prep Strings, Prep Band, Dance or Percussion) they do not need to re-audition. Moving from Junior Strings to Prep Strings, or trying out for String Quartet (Six Strings) or Koristers will require an audition – all of which will be happening on Tuesday 5 February. There are further details attached in this bulletin. If your child is not sure where they need to be, please contact the performing arts office and we can assist.


Information from individual directors will be forthcoming once ensembles recommence rehearsals and will outline contact details, ensemble logistics and expectations. If students are unable to attend rehearsals, it is important that parents notify the ensemble director or the performing arts office as soon as possible.


Individual Instrumental Tuition / Speech & Drama

If your child is recommencing music or speech and drama tuition this year, it is very important that you have completed a re-enrolment form and sent it into the Performing Arts office. Our tutors are busily preparing timetables to ensure they can schedule their students successfully and cannot do this until they receive the enrolment form. A form can be downloaded directly from the FROG page here and emailed to

If you wish to enroll a new student, please contact the performing arts office in the first instance to discuss instrument and availability of the teacher.

School Holiday Drama Workshop:
Sneaky Secrets for Successful Super Heroes

Please find attached a flyer regarding the Shake n Stir Workshops being held from 15-18 April at the Orange Civic Theatre. These workshops will conclude with a fully staged showcase on the stage of the Theatre, open to family and friends.


For queries, please contact:

Christie Westcott

Administration Assistant
Orange City Council

Phone: 02 6393 8112





This is a busy and sometimes confusing time of year, with an overload of information, so if you’re not sure about anything, please contact us for clarification!


Mrs K Sinclair
Prep Music Co-ordinator

Information and Communication Technology

Student Laptops onto WiFi during Term 1

During weeks 1-2 of Term 1 only Year 11 and 12 Laptops and Year 9 and 10 Visual Arts and Textiles student Laptops will be put onto the KWS WiFi.


KWS Anti-Virus must be installed before WiFi access.


A reminder to please allow at least one full school day for the ICT team to add your device to the KWS WiFi.  A reminder that before your device will be connected onto the KWS WiFi, the following need to occur:

  1. Your device must meet the Minimum Device Specification (refer ICT Site on Frog for details).
  2. Any VPN/Proxy or other Application/Software/Configuration to bypass KWS Firewall or Web Filter must be removed.  A reminder: use of such services to bypass the KWS Firewall/Web filter is a breach of the ICT Acceptable Use Policy and will be reported to the appropriate KWS Mentor.
  3. KWS Anti-Virus must be installed on your device by an ICT Technician before your device will access KWS WiFi.

Please also be aware that a higher specification device is required if you need Adobe CC for Textiles or Visual Arts (refer ICT Site of Frog for details).


How to turn on (or off) Frog Notifications

To activate (or deactivate) your Frog Notifications please follow the steps below:

  1. Click your initials, then My Preferences.
  2. Then if you haven’t already done so, nominate an email address for Notifications. 
    NB If you wish to make this your password recovery email, this email address must be unique (and not shared).

There are 3 types of Notifications: Frog, Push and email.  You will see Push Notifications as an option if you have downloaded, installed and logged onto the MyFrog App (from App Store and Play Store).  Our KWS URL is


Mr Darryn Marjoram
Director Information Services, ICT

Senior School Sport News


House Swimming Carnival

Last Thursday on day two of term all of the students attended the local swimming carnival for the Kinross Wolaroi School’s annual swimming carnival. The weather was fantastic which allowed for a great day of racing. The point-score for the carnival remained extremely close all day. A couple of new swimming powerhouses have emerged over the last couple of years with Brown house and Williams house really providing some tough competition for the usual favourites of Douglas, Dean and McLachlan.


With one event to go in the medley relays the carnival result is extremely close. With a maximum of 40 points available for each of the medley relays and only 65 points separating 1st to 4th the overall result could still be won by anyone of the four houses.


Championship Swimming Carnival

The Championship Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 15th February. The first event will be the Inter-house medley relays starting at 4.00pm. This bracket will decide the winning house for the schools swimming carnival. This will be followed by the full program of events below. Racing will take place between 4.00pm and 6.45pm. All parents are encouraged and welcomed to attend the Championship carnival.


If any students would like to swim in the 200m IM or the 200m freestyle they need to submit their times to Mrs Keown – . Please check the sheets below to see if you have qualified for the Championship finals in the 50m or 100m races. If you are unable to attend for some reason please see Mr Priest.


From this carnival both the age champions and the Kinross Wolaroi Swimming team will be decided.

I wish all of the competitors the best of luck with their races and look forward to seeing all of the parents at the event.

Mr Joe Priest 
HOD of Sport


Cricket News 
(1 December 2018 - 2 February 2019)  

All results and scores are available at


KWS 1st Grade continued the season despite the heat, storms and school holidays, having multiple fixtures over December and January. All fixtures were very tough affairs, particularly given the team lacked a consistent line-up each week. Despite the interruptions, KWS applied themselves very well against strong opposition. Captain Sam Ridley, Stu Crisp and Angus Cumming played consistently well over all games. Ed Taylor’s 5/18 against Cavaliers was a particular highlight.


Congratulations to Phoebe Litchfield for her selection in the U19 Australian XI after outstanding performances in the U18 Female National Championships held in Ballarat and Bendigo over the holidays. Phoebe was selected to played with the Cricket Australia XI, and was the highest run-scorer in the tournament. Phoebe will be heading to New Zealand for a tour in March with the Australian side. The KWS 1st XI will be continuing the regular season throughout Term 1 and be looking to retain the Douglas Shield in the NSW Country City Independent Schools competition, taking on MAGS Dubbo in the semi-final early in the term. Thank you to all those players that found the time during the school holidays to play, with either the 1sts, 2nds or mighty 3rds.


KWS also helped host the annual January Carnival for U13s, U15s Boys and U15s Girls. A huge congratulations to the multitude of KWS parents and in particular KWSCC President Dave Cumming for their efforts in hosting another successful tournament. Also, a big thank you to the KWS Grounds Staff for their efforts in helping prepare the pitches on Main and Sharpe.


Cricket Results
(1 December 2018 - 2 February 2019) 

1st XI Results

Round 2 (5/12): Bonnor Cup T20 (Catch-up fixture) - KWS 91 (S Ridley 23no) lost to St Pats Old Boys Bathurst 3/162

Round 6 (1 & 8/12): BYE

Round 7 (15/12): KWS v CYMS – Draw. Match abandoned due to weather.

Round 8 (22/12): KWS 139 (A Brien 35, S Ridley 29) lost to Orange City 6/249 (S Crisp 2/21, H May 2/35)

Round 9 (12/1): KWS 138 (A Cumming 45) lost to Centrals 4/139

Round 10 (19/1): KWS 49 lost to Cavaliers 149 (E Taylor 5/18, S Crisp 2/20, H May 2/34)

Round 11 (26/1): BYE

Round 12 (2/9): Day 1: KWS 138 (W Luelf P Litchfield) and CYMS 4/96; Report: to come after Day 2. 


2nd XI Results

Round 6: BYE

Round 7: KWS 8/134 (S Crisp 35) defeated CYMS 124 (W Prowse 4/12, H Kermode 2/20, E Taylor 2/21)

Round 8: KWS 144 (J Thompson 33, W Prowse 25no, O Hoskin 20) lost to Orange City 3/145 (W Prowse 2/26)

Round 9: KWS 100 (W Prowse 28, J Brien 28) lost to Centrals 9/175 (J Thompson 3/15, T Pearce 2/19)

Round 10: KWS 82 lost to Cavaliers 0/83

Round 11: BYE


3rd XI Results

Round 1 (Catch-up game): KWS 100 (C Greaves 28) lost to CYMS 8/104 (T Gill 6/28)

Round 8: KWS 92 (I Hope 23) lost to CYMS 9/93

Round 9: KWS 77 (B Ronald 25no) lost to Orange City 8/172 (B Ronald 2/21, J Rasmussen 2/32)

Round 10: KWS 9/185 (D Hunter 83, C Gavin 69no) lost to Waratahs 6/314 (C Gavin 2/29, H Sharpe 2/55)

Round 11: KWS 7/97 (L Hunter 30, S Gee 21) lost to Centrals 3/140 (A Tancred 2/28)

Round 12: KWS 64 lost to Gladstone 4/65 (N McPhee 2/14)

Round 13: KWS lost to Spring Hill on forfeit

Round 14: KWS 7/124 lost to Cavaliers 6/138

Round 15: KWS 172 (M Meiklejohn 117) defeated CYMS 125 (T Gill 2/6, N Keirle 2/6, D Steenkamp 2/23)


Centenary Cup Results

KWS Blue

Round 7: KWS 9/168 (L Buckley 83, S Gee 20no) lost to Orange City 5/171

Round 8: KWS defeated CYMS (scores unavailable at time of publication)

KWS Super Kings

Round 7: KWS 9/157 (H Goodlet 43, N Shepherd 21) defeated CYMS 69 (N Shepherd 3/10, J Kildey 2/12)

Round 8: KWS 7/97 (M Webster 22no) defeated Orange City 96 (F Doyle 2/5, M Webster 2/9, N McPhee 2/16)


U15s Results

KWS Scorches​

Round 7: KWS 69 lost to Orange City Warriors 4/72

Report: Orange City were simply too good in all departments on Saturday and secured a 6 wicket win over the Scorchers. The Scorchers won the toss and batted first but were dismissed for 69 in 23 overs. While this was nowhere near the total that the Scorchers were looking to compile it was good to see players such as Will Harborne (11) and Harry Gutterson (11) contributing with the bat. The innings was torn apart by Caleb Toms who ripped through the Scorchers middle order taking 4 for 7 from 4 overs of fast and straight bowling. Orange City passed the Scorchers total after 19 overs for the loss of only 4 wickets. Their batting highlight was undoubtedly a powerful 24 from Caleb Toms. However the Scorchers made City fight for every run and there was some impressive bowling from Henry Forsyth, Archie Haling and Jed O’Neill and a fantastic catch from Gian Wynn that brought about the downfall of the dangerous Toms. Thanks to Mr Hannelly for umpiring and Mr Charlton and Tom Madigan for their help with scoring. Thanks also to all those who came to support the Scorchers on the day. By Mr Kerridge (Coach)

Round 8: BYE

Round 9: KWS 6/96 (A Haling 26) defeated Orange City Gladiators 7/95 (H Gutterson 2/4)

Report: The KWS 15 Scorchers won their first game back after the break by 4 wickets with 6 overs to spare. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first Orange City compiled 95 runs for the loss of 7 wickets from their 28 overs. Tight bowling and some good fielding (two wickets fell to run outs) had left City 4 for 42 at the half way mark but a fighting 34 not out by Gus Cornish enabled them to post a respectable total. A number of Scorchers bowled well including Harry Gutterson who took 2 for 4 from 3 overs, Nelson Shepherd who took 1 for 5 from 3 overs and Will Englund who took 1 for 5 from 3 overs. Will Harborne and Oscar Nuthall also impressed by not only bowling the occasional good delivery but by bowling good overs in their spells and this helped to keep the pressure on the City batsmen.

In reply KWS looked to be in control thanks to openers Jono Rasmussen and Archie Haling who combined well to put on 23 runs in quick time. After Jono was dismissed for 12 Archie continued to play with controlled aggression and his new partner Henry Forsyth used some deft placement to keep the score moving nicely. The total had moved to 50 in the 10th over and disaster struck: a powerful straight drive from Archie was deflected into the stumps at the non-strikers end when Henry was out of his ground. The Scorchers then lost 4 quick wickets including that of Archie who had played some very good attacking shots in his 26 and defeat seemed a possibility with the score on 6 for 68. The match was eventually won thanks to a fine partnership between Harry Gutterson (17 not out) and Will Harborne (7 not out). Harry played with a great deal of common sense and power. He either left or defended good deliveries and put the bad ones away to the boundary or one occasion over it. Will also deserves credit for the determined way he held up his end and supported his partner. 

Thanks to everyone who came to support the Scorchers on the day. By Mr B Kerridge (Coach)

KWS Heat

Round 7: KWS 7/109 defeated Orange City Warriors 1/107

Round 8: KWS Heat 6/88 (L Hunter 50no, H Priest 2/7) lost to KWS Royals 3/92 (C Tink 52no)

Round 9: KWS (M Webster 33) defeated CYMS 7/103

Report: The second half of the KWS Heat’s season started off with tremendous success against CYMS on Saturday. Losing the toss, CYMS elected to bat in which gave the Heat a little more edge.

Harrison Sharpe bit the bullet and claimed his first wicket of the match in the second over of the game.  Wickets fell constantly at the end of the innings due to great fielding and bowling. Will Denman put on a catching masterclass and so did Saxon Buckley with stretching full arm to catch the ball in the slips. Mac Webster (debutant) and Harrision Sharpe contributed 4 wickets together with only going for 24 runs from the 12 overs they bowled. Luke Hunter manage to grab 2 wickets in his 2 spells, with only 12 runs to his name. Dylan Tucker snatched a wicket in his second over providing the team with sensational leg spin like the great man Shane Warne himself. CYMS batted out the overs only succumbing to 103 runs for 7 wickets from the 28 overs.

The boys knew they were up to the challenge and must take advantage of any bad balls. Despite the slow start, Luke Hunter and Riley Hall stayed in for the first ten overs to take the shine off the ball. At 14 overs KWS were 1/28 needing 79 runs from the last 14 overs. Sam Gee and Luke Hunter were dismissed in a space of 2 overs, Mac Webster (debutant) and Harrison Sharpe chased down the runs with a fiery 59 runs partnership from just 7 overs. Mac was not out on 33 with 4 boundaries and a 6, and Harrison had hit 2 boundaries in his short time at the crease.  A great victory for the Heat with finals coming around soon. By Cam Rasmussen (Coach)

KWS Royals

Round 7: KWS 3/105 (H Priest 53no) defeated Cavaliers 6/102 (C Tink 2/13)

Report: On the first of December the Kinross Royals played the Cavaliers at Country Club. The outfield was extremely fast and the pitch was suited for batting. We lost the toss and went into bowl. Our team bowled well keeping the ball on pitch and not letting the batsman get comfortable in their crease. Dan, who usually is our keeper, bowled for the first half of the innings and got two maidens and a wicket. At the end of the innings with the fast outfield and great batting pitch we did well to keep the opposition to a score of 6 for 102. We batted superbly with only 5 of our batsman being needed and finding the runs with a little under 10 overs to spare. This was largely due to Harry Priests first 50 scoring 53 not out in an incredible batting display. Tom Storer and Tom Patton also batted well, giving Harry someone to bat with. Due to our batting which has been a bit patchy the last few games we won comfortably with the team happy. By Ollie Wong (Yr 7)

Round 8: See result above versus KWS Heat

Round 9: KWS 7/108 (D Hunter 23no, H Thompson 21) lost to Orange City Warriors 2/109

Report: Archie Baldwinson won the toss and choose to bat. Tom Storer and Tom Patton opened the batting but Storer was dismissed for 0 off 9 balls. Charlie Tink was next into bat and scored a quick fire 11 off 25 balls and the partnership was helped by some byes. Tom Patton was next to fall for 9 off 38 balls. Ethan Shaw was quickly dismissed and Jye Baker found himself on a hat trick ball but it was well defended by Cale Slack-Smith. Slack-Smith was out soon after for 1. Hugh Thompson was next in and started a good partnership with Tink until Charlie Tink was caught by Hamling. Dan Hunter and Hugh Thompson posted an excellent 32 run partnership, running lots of twos and threes. Thompson was dismissed for 21 off 34 balls. Harry Priest and Dan Hunter had another great partnership of 27 in the last few overs but Priest was dismissed for 11 on the last ball of the innings looking for some easy runs. Orange City came out to bat and had a shakey start, losing Jye Baker in the first over for 0. Caleb Toms was in next and had a 25 run partnership with Hamling until Hamling was dismissed for 4 off 18 balls. Campbell Warburton was next in and posted a 70+ run partnership, Toms reached fifty off only 46 balls and retired. Murray Fisher was next man and smashed a quick fire 11 off 12 balls and was there to hit the winning runs, with Warburton and Fisher finishing not out. By Will Pearce (Year 8)


U13s Results

KWS Sixers

Round 7: KWS 7/95 lost to Orange City Warriors 4/96

Round 8: KWS Sixers 6/97 (C Hansen 20no, A Nicol 3/4) lost to KWS Fever 4/98 (S Mahlo 34no

Round 9: KWS lost to CYMS Green (scores not available at time of publication)

KWS Fever (Girls)

Round 7: KWS 86 lost to CYMS Gold 5/90

Round 8: See result above versus KWS Sixers

Round 9: KWS 8/100 (N McPhee 20no) lost to Orange City 2/197


U17 Colts T20 Challenge Cup

Round 3: KWS x/126 defeated Orange City 5/125

Round 4: KWS 4/96 defeated Cavaliers 6/94

Report: In retrospect, you should usually bat first to put on scoreboard pressure on the opposing team. That statement can be false when it comes to the skipper Fletcher Doyle by winning the toss and electing to bowl first. The decision led to a victory for the KWS Colts.

The boys restricted Cavs total to 94 with a brilliant bowling cartel and terrific fielding all-round. The wicket s were all shared amongst the bowlers. George Cumming once again shined in his 4 overs with 2/8 . Tom Madigan flabbergasted the crowd with his 2 wickets in 5 balls giving KWS the extra edge over Cavs, Madigan ended his figures with 2/12. Jono Rasmussen had the Cavs danger man out early in the innings. The T20 debutant Joe Priest amazed everyone with his bowling with 2/18. Joe had set up the batsmen and took advantage to take the wickets.

Kinross took their time to chase down the runs, Tom Kiss and Brad O'Brien opening up their accounts to a great start. Both of them buckled down to reward the team with maximum runs. Brad fell short of retiring not out after being dismissed on his final ball for 23 but it didn’t change the fact that he made a huge impact on the game. Tom Kiss again retired not out on 17, after patiently waiting for the bad balls to come. Tom opened up and dismantled the bowlers for plenty runs. Hugo Goodlet was unlucky to be bowled first ball. Nic Rasmussen once again retired not out for 37 off his 20 balls. Nic was constantly looking for runs starting early and continued to rotate the strike. He is yet to have an average in the Colts T20 competition. Fletcher Doyle and Angus Blyde finished off the game in extraordinary fashion to deliver the victory.


Mr Ben Ronald
MIC Cricket



Starting the day with an atypical early morning chill of 15 degrees in Canberra on Saturday 2nd February, Kinross Wolaroi School Rowing was out on force with 93 students racing at the Canberra Grammar School Regatta. Students from Year 8 through to Year 12 raced against high quality ACT School and Club crews, some comprising of National Champions and ex-Olympians.

With our Year 10, 11 and 12 crews bouncing back after two 4-day training camps on Spring Creek over the holidays, they showed the progress they had made in these camps with many outstanding performances. The standouts of the regatta for Kinross Wolaroi School were the Year 8 and 9 rowers who showed their progress since Term 4 with big improvements in their finish times and placings. In particular our 1st Quad in both Boys and Girls Year 8 and Year 9 crews put on a great display in their four respective events to win their finals.

Many parents attended the regatta and along with the students who weren’t racing cheered on those who were, making us the loudest and most recognisable School at the regatta. Those parents who weren’t able to attend could watch a live video feed of the races which will become a feature of future Canberra regattas.

Many thanks to the parents who assisted with catering and bring down the catering trailer – it’s critical for the rowers that they can eat to their heart’s content when they are using so much energy every race.

With 93 students racing in 39 events we walked away with 13 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze.


Our medal winning crews included:



  • Women’s A&B Grade Quad Scull - Freya Neville, Isabella Scammell, Bridget Yeomans, Lucy Jenkins, Cox: Jetta Kennett
  • Women’s A&B Grade Pair - Lucy Jenkins, Bridget Yeomans
  • Women’s A&B Grade Double Scull - Isabella Scammell, Freya Neville
  • Women’s C-Grade Double Scull - Bridget Longley, Sara Reynolds
  • Men’s C-Grade Single Scull – Sam Rae
  • Men’s C-Grade Single Scull – Harry Houghton
  • Men’s C-Grade Eight - Ziggy Jackson-Le Couteur, Archie Lamont, William Crawford, Oscar Harding, Harry Houghton, Sam Rae, Alexander Brown, Jack Weeks, Cox: Fergus Baldwin
  • Women’s C-Grade Eight - Lucinda McCarten, Meyhar Chawla, Mackenzie Jones, Claudia St Clair, Georgie Poole, Alanah Tompkins, Isabella Scammell, Freya Neville, Cox: Jasmine Ramsay,
  • Women’s D-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Georgia Sweetapple, Sally Carter, Hannah Richardson, Georgia Robson, Cox: Polly Napier
  • Men’s D-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Benjamin Jones, Charlie Neville, Nicholas Brown, Alec Hoskin, Cox: Digby Williams
  • Men’s E-Grade Double Scull – Archie Dowling, Harry Maslin
  • Men’s E-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Carter Kirby, Lachlan Coleman, Archie Dowling, Harry Maslin, Cox: Harry Nuthall
  • Women’s E-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Lily Robson, Lucy Searle, Lilla Attenborough, Lucy Scammell, Cox: Jayde Caro


  • Men’s A&B Grade Quad Scull - Henry Ponder, Thomas Richardson, Cody Kelso, Richard King, Cox: Harrison Straw
  • Men’s A&B Grade Four - Henry Ponder, Thomas Richardson, Cody Kelso, Richard King, Cox: Harrison Straw
  • Women’s A&B Grade Eight - Flinn Madigan, Lucy Kirk, Emer Spora, Sofia Dihel, Katie Coleman, Olivia Hilder, Bridget Yeomans, Lucy Jenkins, Cox: Jetta Kennett
  • Men’s C-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Harry Houghton, Sam Rae, Alexander Brown, Jack Weeks, Cox: Josie Taylor
  • Women’s C-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Mackenzie Jones, Meyhar Chawla, Georgie Poole, Alanah Tompkins, Cox: Xanthe St Clair
  • Women’s C-Grade Single Scull - Sara Reynolds
  • Women’s E-Grade Double Scull – Josie Muddle, Simone Chawla
  • Women’s E-Grade Double Scull – Milly Hansen, Taylah Hobbs
  • Men’s E-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Jock Litchfield, William Deshon, Magnus Cleary, Henry Molloy, Cox: Taylah Hobbs
  • Women’s E-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Heidi Ferguson, Evie Hall, Prue Donnelly, Abbey Kiss, Cox: Amelia Hall


  • Women’s A&B Grade Pair – Alana Dihel, Charlie Harding
  • Women’s A&B Grade Quad Scull - Flinn Madigan, Katie Coleman, Olivia Hilder, Lucy Kirk, Cox: Jasmine Ramsay
  • Women’s A&B Grade Four - Bridget Longley, Sofia Dihel, Emer Spora, Charlie Harding, Cox: Xanthe St Clair
  • Men’s D-Grade Double Scull - Nicholas Brown, Alec Hoskin
  • Men’s D-Grade Double Scull - Archie Lamont, William Crawford
  • Women’s D-Grade Coxed Quad Scull - Annabelle Woods, Trixie Hall, Isabelle Medway, Ella Kirby, Cox: Josie Taylor


For all of our rowers this has marked the start of the Term 1 racing calendar and with just over one month to the NSW Schoolgirl and Schoolboy Head of the River the students are in a great position to showcase their ‘perfect’ rowing race.


Mr Tobias Wehr-Candler

MIC Rowing


Our competition recommenced on Thursday afternoon – straight after the Inter House Swimming Carnival. So everyone was quite tired even before getting in the pool. We were a bit rusty after a long holiday, but everyone quickly remembered how Water Polo works! We were also delighted to welcome eight new players to our junior teams. They all jumped in and had a go, despite training not starting until this week. The warm weather is making for wonderful training conditions, and thrashing around in the pool is a great way to start or finish the school day.


The final results were:


  • Barracudas def Sharknados
  • Dinocrocs def Sheahan
  • Piranhas def Jaws


  • KWS 1sts lost to Jets
  • KWS 2 def Flounders
  • KWS 3 def Squids

Mrs Antonia Suthers

Prep School Sport News

Summer Sport 2019

Welcome to 2019 and a busy term of sport! Summer sport has commenced with students making an impressive start.


The only changes for sport this term is for the touch football group, who change to basketball. Additionally, Year 3 have started AFL with their cohort staying together to learn new skills and rules.

Reminder: Hats, drink bottles and a piece of fruit are required for sport training.


All Summer Sport groups change to Athletics in week 8, Monday 18 March. This is a prelim trial for field events for the Prep Athletics Carnival held on 12 April. All athletics field event skills will be taught prior to these trials in PE lessons.


All Summer Sport information and a copy of the bulletin can be found on FROG (Prep Sport / Summer Sport tab).


Parents are asked to sign up to TEAM APP. All the latest information and wet weather changes will be pushed out through this app. As most parents already have an account set up, go to FIND A TEAM and look up the following groups.


For Swimming, Tennis, Basketball: KWS Prep Summer Sport

For Triathlon: KWS Prep Triathlon

For Cricket: KWS Prep Cricket

For Year 3: KWS Year 3 Group

Prep Swimming Carnival

The Prep Swimming Carnival is next Friday 15 February. This is held at the KWS Swimming pool. Students will be required to swim in a minimum of 1 event but more is recommended. School swimming costumes, house coloured caps and goggles are required. Emailed information has already been sent home to parents in years 3-6. Copies can be found on the FROG page under Prep Sport / Swimming.

Sport Dates for the Diary 2019

15 February: Prep Swimming Carnival

22 February: Rugby Gala Afternoon (information to come)

28 February: WAS Swimming Carnival, KWS Pool

6 March: HICES Swimming Carnival, SOPAC

18 March: Sport – Athletic field event trials commence

20 March: CIS Swimming Carnival, SOPAC

12 April: Prep Athletics Carnival


Mrs Louise Barrett

KWS Prep Sport & PE Co-ordinator

Career News

UCAT/Study Medicine

From 2019 the UMAT will be replaced with the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Registration opens on 1st March 2019 and closes on 17th May 2019. For more information click on the link below.

For information on ways to increase your chances to get into medicine, options for a Plan B and other information, click on link below.


Changes to the 2019 university admissions cycle:

  • The UAC PIN will be emailed to all Year 12 students in late March 2019.
  • The UAC guide will be released to schools for distribution to students in late March 2019. This publication will be smaller than previous years as the most up to date information will be online.
  • Applications will open online in early APRIL, this is to accommodate all early entry schemes.
  • NOTE: not all courses will be listed in April however students will be able to add and subtract preferences as the period progresses, UAC will update the website and information in the UAC news when we release more courses as they become available.
  • Early Bird and SRS closing will be as usual at the end of September 2019.

Listed below are the top 10 courses chosen as first preferences through UAC for university entry in 2019.

  1. UNSW Sydney - B MedStd/DocMed/B Arts
  2. University of Technology Sydney - B Business
  3. University of Sydney - B Laws (Combined)
  4. Australian National University - Flexible Double ArtsSoScBusSc
  5. University of Sydney - B Arts
  6. University of Newcastle - B MedSc and DocMed (JMP)
  7. Macquarie University - B Arts
  8. UNSW Sydney - B Commerce (Double)
  9. University of Technology Sydney - B Nursing
  10. University of Sydney - B Commerce

GAP Years 2020

Below are some links for students interested in a GAP year overseas.

LetsLive/Tutors Worldwide closing date – March 8th 2019

Lattitude Closing date – Priority Deadline March 8th 2019. Matched with school by end March.


Army, Navy and Air Force Gap Year:

The Australian Defence Force Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished Year 12 to experience military training and lifestyle whilst gaining new skills and pay over their Gap Year in the Army, Navy or Air Force. You will earn more than $45,000, have subsidised accommodation and full medical and dental coverage. There are a variety of roles available to apply for. Applications open in March for current Year 12 students. You can register your interest and to receive updates at this link

Australian National University (ANU)

Tuckwell Scholarship

Every year, 25 Tuckwell Scholarships are awarded to highly talented and motivated school leavers planning to study at ANU, to help them fulfil their potential and reinvest their knowledge, skills and experience in ways that positively benefit others. The program has a focus on giving back to Australia and is the only one of its kind that nurtures Scholars to fulfil their broader community ambitions over and above the pursuit of an undergraduate degree.

If you are considering studying at ANU in the future, you should consider applying for the prestigious Tuckwell Scholarship. Opens Monday 4th March.

For information about the scholarship, go to


ANU is all set to go live with new admissions process

Admission to ANU will be simpler. Domestic school leavers who wish to commence in 2020 can now take advantage of a free and direct application that opens in March. The early application won't just cover admission but will support and encourage students by considering them for scholarships and accommodation.

How does it work? For starters, applications for Semester 1, 2020 open on 4th March 2019 and close on 31st of May 2019. Through our new co-curricular or service requirement, we will also give students an opportunity to tell us about what they learn outside the classroom. The early process allows us to make early offers. These early offers are conditional, meaning we look at Year 11 results to assess if the student is tracking well but they are only converted to full offers if the student meets Year 12 requirements.

» More information

» Application timeline


Planning on securing an apprenticeship or traineeship at the end of the year? Even though you have just started the schooling year, your planning should start now. Australian Apprenticeship Pathways have developed an excellent four-step guide to assist you to start planning

Read through Step One and take the work type explorer quiz, download the AusAppPathways app to your phone, and complete practice aptitude quizzes to ascertain the level of literacy and numeracy skills you will need for different occupations

Master Builders Association of NSW

Master Builders Association of NSW would like to introduce – Build Your Story

Build Your Story was developed in partnership with NSW Government Department of Industry to provide an online resource for students, parents, careers advisers and teachers to source up to date and relevant apprenticeship and career information for the building and construction industry.

Upcoming visit to KWS

Charles Sturt University – Tuesday 12 February 2019 Lunchtime Lib Seminar Room

University Roadshow – Wednesday 6 March 2019

Students need to keep an eye out for upcoming events in the Daily Bulletin.

Work Experience

Students in Year 11 will shortly receive information for Work Experience during Camp Week Mon April 8th 2019 – Friday April 12th 2019. All Year 11 students excluding Cadets will be required to participate in the program. Students need to start thinking about possible placements and they can even start asking potential employers to see if they are an option. Relevant paperwork will be emailed home in the upcoming weeks.


Year 12 students should be looking at the Year 12 2019 FROG page. Information re UAC, Open Days, GAP Years, Apprenticeships, Study Skills and more can be found on the Year 12 Page. Information for 2019 will be updated as it is received from UAC and other sources. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the page so they can find information they are looking for.

Also, all Year 12 students are encouraged to make an appointment with Mrs Jones to discuss options for 2020 and beyond. These can be made in a study period, lunchtime, before or after school.


Mrs Kimberley Jones 
Year 12 Co-ordinator/Careers Advisors

Upcoming Events

KWS Day (and Weekend!)

On Saturday 9 March 2019, with the support of both the Alumni and the KWS Parents and Friends Association, we are planning our annual celebration of past, present and future KWS.


Friday 8 March 2019
Icebreaker Drinks for families of KWS students.


Saturday 9 March 2019
KWS Day (annual Fair Day) held on the school grounds from 10am - 3pm.

Please see the important notices section to see some of the ways you can help us with the day.


Class reunions for alumni who graduated in 1969 with five year increments through to 2014 will be held in the evening.


We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these events.

Regional Tour - Young

We would like to invite you to our 2019 Kinross Wolaroi School Regional Tours.


In Term 1, we will be in Young NSW, to visit current, future and past KWS families and students. As part of our Regional Tour, key members of our Senior Management Team and Admissions office will be present.


This event will also be an opportunity for you to meet our new Deputy Principal, Mr James Boyd who has commenced at KWS for the start of 2019.


We will be holding a social function on Friday the 22nd February at Clifton House and Gardens starting at 7pm. The event venue is located 10kms north of Young at 94 Maimuru Ss Road, Maimuru NSW 2594.


Our Regional Tours are a great opportunity for our current and prospective families to meet others from their immediate area and we invite all to attend. If you know of any family or friends that may be interested in KWS, or would like to find out more information, please extend the provided link below, so they can RSVP.


If you would like to attend, please head to the following link to RSVP:


Parent Lecture Series

We would like to invite all current Parents of Years 7 to 12, to attend a Parent Lecture with Jared Horvath on Monday 11 February 2019, from 6.oopm in the DPA. 

Jared Horvath, is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience with a focus on enhancing teaching and learning practices. He serves as Director of the Science of Learning Group; a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioural research to teachers, students and parents.  

The topic of his lecture is called 'Is my teenager crazy'? This will be a specific session for parents, and given the importance of the topic, we encourage you all to come along! Light refreshments will be served. 

Please find attached the invitation. Bookings are to be made via trybookings:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Victoria Mendl on 02 6392 0485 or


KWS Open Day

KWS will be holding an Open Day for prospective students and their families. This will be an opportunity to come and find out about KWS (both the Preparatory and Senior School), have a tour of the School with current students and meet the Principal and Senior Heads of School.


This will be held on Monday 1 April 2019 form 9.00am to 12.00pm in the DPA.


This is for prospective families only, so if you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more about KWS, then please spread the word. Bookings to be made via the below Trybooking link:


Important Notices

School Counselling Services

Supporting students with any mental health needs is an vital part of their wellbeing and their success at school and beyond. The School Counsellors provide a free, confidential service for students from K-12, and meet with students for a range of reasons, from minor to significant mental health needs.


Counselling Services are available in the Student Support Suite in the Anderson Centre.


If you have any concerns you would like to discuss with a School Counsellor, or for more information about Counselling Services, please contact the counsellors by visiting the Student Support Suite or email


Bec Anderson and Melissa Gazzard

School Counsellors

KWS Day:
We need your help! 

Stall and Year Group Coordinators

As a big part of KWS Day fundraising, we hope to get parent engagement and support on the day with running the year group fundraising stalls. Each year group from Pre-Prep to Year 12 will be assigned a stall or activity to oversee on the day. If you are interested in helping out please contact Victoria Mendl on 6392 0485. 


Garden Stall 

The KWS Day Garden Stall was a huge hit last year so we would love your donations again and the earlier the better! Succulents in particular, however any other plants, pots, containers, bowls, dishes and/or baskets would be greatly appreciated.  Donations can be left at the Senior School Office or please contact Victoria Mendl on 6392 0485. 


Cake Stall 

We will be running the Cake Stall again this year so if you wish to help out by baking some cakes/slices/biscuits, there will be packaging available to pick up from both the Prep and Senior School Office from Friday 1 March. We need as many homemade goodies as possible so please get on board! Please feel free to take as many packs as you wish, or alternatively, get your child to pick it up for you from the Office. 

With regards to drop off, we will arrange a classroom in the Preparatory School for drop off to occur on Friday 8 March (no earlier), for all goods to be dropped off during School Pickup. 


Jar Stall

This year we will be having a Jar Stall but we need your help! We invite all students to bring in at least 1 glass jar of anything they wish e.g. wrapped lollies, coffee vouchers, stationery, jams and chutneys. These can also be dropped off at both the Prep and Senior School Office. If you have any questions regarding what you can put in the jars, please contact Victoria Mendl on 6392 0485. 


Hay Bales

If anyone has any hay bales they would like to lend us or donate to the School for KWS Day please contact Victoria Mendl on 6392 0485.


Canteen Volunteers
Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival

The canteen staff need your assistance to run a canteen stall at the Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival on Friday 15 February 2019. If you can assist it would be greatly appreciated by all the hungry swimmers.
Please contact Siobhain Harvey on 0404 878 025.


Please note: The Stall cannot go ahead without sufficient numbers of volunteers.


Tower Magazine 

The 2018 Tower Magazine is now available to order.


If you wish to purchase a copy of the Tower Magazine, please head to TryBooking using the following link:


TryBooking is an online tool which will make it very easy to order your copy (or copies) of this publication.  If you wish to purchase a Tower Magazine and would like to pick it up from Kinross Wolaroi School's Main Reception, the cost will be $82. If you wish to purchase the Tower Magazine and would like us to post it out to you, the cost will be $90.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Miller in the Accounts Department on 02 6392 0314 or


KWS Cookbook
We need your Recipes!

We are creating a cookbook using recipes from around the KWS community to celebrate our school. The contemporary, hardcover book will be a reflection of our school community both past and present from Pre-Prep to Year 12, staff, students and families alike. It will be a keepsake that is not only a celebration of our school community but also practical and usable no matter what type of cook you are. The project is an initiative of the P&F with all profits going into resources for the school.


Please help us make this book happen by submitting a recipe via the website:


Not sure what you can submit? Think of:

  • the reliable family favourites you pull out time and time again
  • dishes that mark particular occasions in your household such birthdays or when kids return home after a term away at school
  • what you cook when you are home late, have little time and need to get everyone fed
  • healthy & nutritious tummy fillers for active kids and interesting lunch boxes. 

There are even more ideas on the website so please click on the link above and take a look.


If your have any queries or questions, or would like to volunteer your professional skills or time please get in touch with Alison at


We look forward to being inundated with your recipes!

KWS Cookbook Team

Alison, Ami, Marianna, Megan, Kate & Sarah


International Student Exchange Information Evening for Parents and Students

When: Thursday 14th February 5.15-6.15pm

Where: Performance Theatre

Who: Year 10 students interested in student exchange and families interested in hosting an exchange student.


Mrs Litchfield and Ms Young invite interested students and parents to attend an informal evening to hear about the International Student Exchange Program offered at KWS. Students who travelled in 2018 to New Zealand, Scotland, France and South Africa will be present to discuss their experiences and answer questions.

This year we have partnerships with schools in France, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Japan, South Africa and India, having the capacity to send around 20 students to 11 schools in Terms 3 or 4. We will also be hosting 20 students from these schools so will be looking for families to host these international students.


Information: Please visit the FROG site for information, application forms and procedures, links to partner schools and a photo gallery of some of our students last year. Search Student Exchange in the FROG search bar.

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th.


Mrs Catherine Litchfield and Ms Holly Young

Co-ordinators of the Student Exchange programs

Club 3:16

School’s Christian Fellowship Group. Starting this Friday lunch in Room 21 Bennett Building.

This term we will be looking at Deuteronomy and the key message is that God remains faithful to His promises!

Look forward to seeing many students there and please keep us in your prayers.

Also, a key save the date for families: KWS KYCK Christian camp is on the last weekend of the April holidays 26-28 April.


Mr Yooie Choi

KWS History Tour 2019

Dear families of students in Year 9 to 11


This is a notice regarding an exciting cultural and learning opportunity for your child who is interested in history and travelling overseas. The History Department is organising a History Tour for 2019 and will be held during the September holidays. The tour will visit Paris, Berlin, Florence, Vatican City and Rome and will enable students to visit and experience some famous landmarks and key historical sites.


Educational Benefit: The Stage 5 and 6 Modern and Ancient History course explores key topics such as World War 1, Europe at the turn of the 20th Century, Nazi Germany, Ancient Rome, Renaissance and the Cold War. A highlight is a hands-on experience of the key battlefield sites where Australians fought on the Western Front (WW1) and an archaeological site visit to Pompeii/Herculaneum. By visiting these countries and key historical sites, students will gain a better global appreciation as well as bring to life key events and places that shaped our world today. Not to mention the wonderful cultural experiences, site-seeing opportunities and overall development of global awareness.


What is planned: Four European cities (Paris, Berlin, Florence and Rome) and some of the highlights include:

  • Visit to Museum of Invalides and the Museum Le Louvre (home of the Mona Lisa)
  • A visit to the Somme River region and WW1 battlefield sites
  • The Official Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux
  • Visit a former Nazi concentration camp (Sachsenhausen) in Berlin
  • Visit the Berlin Wall and Check-Point Charlie
  • Accademia Museum to view Michelangelo’s statute of David in Florence
  • A guided tour of the Vatican City
  • Visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • An archaeological site visit of Pompeii and Herculaneum and much more!

This tour is set for Saturday 28 September to Saturday 11 October, 2019. Interested students (and their families) are welcome to attend the Information Session. This is to be held Thursday 21 February 5:00pm in Room 22 (Bennett Building). In this session, further details such as an outline of costs, flights, accommodation and itinerary will be given as well as further details regarding deposits, risk-assessment and booking conditions. For any queries, please contact me. Look forward to seeing you at the Information Evening.


Mr Yooie Choi on behalf of the History Department

School Holiday Drama Workshop:
Sneaky Secrets for Successful Super Heroes

Please find attached a flyer regarding the Shake n Stir Workshops being held from 15-18 April at the Orange Civic Theatre. These workshops will conclude with a fully staged showcase on the stage of the Theatre, open to family and friends.


For queries, please contact:

Christie Westcott

Administration Assistant
Orange City Council

Phone: 02 6393 8112




KWS Family Newsletter
KWS Senior School - 2019 Cocurricular Timetable.pdf
KWS Prep School - 2019 Co-curricular Timetable.pdf
KWS Prep School Co-curricular News - Term 1 2019.pdf
2019 April School Holiday Workshop - Sneaky Secrets for Successful Super Heroes.pdf
Meet Program KWS Championship Carnival 2019.pdf
Parent Lecture Series - Jared Horvath.pdf
Parent Lecture Series - Jared Horvath.pdf
Open Day 2019 Email Flyer.pdf
Open Day 2019 Email Flyer.pdf
Open Day 2019 Email Flyer.pdf
2019 April School Holiday Workshop - Sneaky Secrets for Successful Super Heroes.pdf
KWS Cookbook (December 2018) (Web).pdf